Multiple myeloma is blood cancer that typically leads to death within five years of diagnosis, usually from some sort of infection the patient can no longer fight. Pneumonia is the biggest killer.
The good news is that we were diagnosed early and the treatment is now complete. We have had a year of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant and we are now home and waiting to find out if the stem cell procedure had the desired effect. It will take about three months before we have a full understanding of where the cancer is at, and whether we have bought the desired time. Socialized medicine has been a bit of a nightmare, and I will write about that one day, but I am pretty sure we will weather the financial burden as well. Think cancer care is free in Canada? Think again. It’s not, I assure you.
The bad news?
Hey, did you know chemotherapy drugs accumulate in semen?
No, me neither, at least not in time to do anything about it.
After a year of regular exposure, my hair is falling out! I cut my almost waist length hair to just between my shoulder blades, but it appears I will have to cut it even shorter.
It will grow back. This too shall pass. In sickness and in health. I tell myself these things as I watch clumps of my hair go down the drain.
His cancer is my cancer.
And this, too, really will pass.
I hope to get back to more regular blogging now.
Lots of love,